The Restorer (Dove DOVE 61) 1978 UK *
Very pleasant follow-up with a relaxed melodic pop-edged acoustic sound reminiscent of Al Stewart. Simple arrangements usually led by Phil’s acoustic guitar, plus soft touches of synthesizer, piano and electric guitar, no strings or horns. Lighthearted playful bluesy moods on ‘Down At The Local’ and ‘Tell Him’. Also a couple personal reflections in ‘Helen’ (a song to his goddaughter and niece) and ‘Song For Roy’ (a prayer to an unsaved friend). Jazzy saxophone on the closing ‘Loving You’. Recorded at Maranatha! Studios in Santa Ana, California. I see Dennis Holt, Graham Kendrick and John Pantry in the credits. Nice cover art. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.
01. My Story
02. Down At The Local
03. Nearer Still
04. He Had The Lord On His Side
06. The Restorer
07. Song For Roy
08. Tell Him
09. Without You
10. Loving You